Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Facility-Level Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support: A User’s Guide

June 2015 - Reports, Guidelines, and Tools

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Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) (2015).

The Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Facility-Level Nutrition Assessment, Counseling, and Support (REF-NACS) is a generic tool that helps gather information on the capacity of health facilities to implement NACS for pregnant women, children, and people living with HIV. This tool is designed to stimulate discussions, facilitate an analytic process, and develop a prioritized plan for strengthening NACS services. The results from a REF-NACS assessment will help government policymakers, donors, program managers, service providers, and clients to:

  • Understand current service provision and human resource capacity to implement quality NACS services
  • Identify gaps in available services
  • Identify weaknesses in the health system for implementing a continuum of comprehensive NACS services
  • Prioritize interventions and identify actions to strengthen NACS-related programming.

REF-NACS is a flexible tool that can be used in a range of applications—to strengthen existing NACS capabilities, design new programs or services, or take a program to scale. It can be implemented in a sample of health facilities, or in all health facilities where a program plans to work, and is easy to administer with a modest budget.

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